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Born: Apr 15, 1940

Date of Passing: Feb 27, 2020

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Please note, there will be a date change for the Celebration of Life Service.
Friday, June 19, 2020 at The Fort Garry Hotel, 222 Broadway Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, between 17:30 - 21:00.
Please RSVP by June 2, 2020 to

Bardal Funeral Home

Publish Date: Mar 28, 2020


Gail Myra Morberg, 79, passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2020.
She was the widow of Arnold Morberg and they shared 44 years of marriage together. The two co-founded Calm Air International in 1962 and it grew to be one of Canada's largest privately owned regional airlines. After Arnold's passing, Gail sold the company in 2009. Calm Air still serves communities throughout Manitoba and the Kivalliq Nunavut region. A true pioneer for the aviation industry, in 2008 she was named Manitoba Business Magazine's Entrepreneur of the Year.
Gail was born on April 15, 1940, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to parents, John and Edna Tratch. Her family, along with her three sisters, Joan, Myrle and Joyce, lived in Wakaw, Saskatchewan. She leaves behind her four children, Marion (Walter Baschuk), Nelson (Toni), Margo (Brian Berry) and Monica (Lionel Janzen), as well as her six grandchildren, Kalie, Madison, Raynie, Carl, Paige and Max, and four step-grandchildren, Dale (Kate) Conroy, Mark (Crissy Ranellucci), Kristin (Chris) Beach, Kody (Kelsey) Janzen, and seven step-great-grandchildren, Van, Annie, Royal, Wylder, Quinn, Emma and Vivienne.
Gail was a kind, gentle, and extremely charitable soul. She cared deeply about the wellbeing of her family and the community where she and her husband created their success. As a philanthropist, Gail donated generously to numerous national and local charities and organizations including, but not limited to, Canadian Liver Foundation, Morberg House, Siloam Mission, Port in a Storm, Winnipeg Foundation and Winnipeg Harvest. She was involved and helped fundraise for organizations such as the Lynn Lake ice rink and curling rink, Manitoba Winter Games in Thompson, Manitoba, and the Thompson Community Foundation.
She will be fondly remembered as a great cook, warm and welcoming friend and neighbour, and loving mother, grandmother, aunt and big sister.
A celebration of Gail's life will be held on April 15, 2020, on what would have been her 80th birthday, at The Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg between 17:30 to 21:00. Please RSVP by April 1 to:

In lieu of flowers, please donate to any of Gail's favourite charities.

Bardal Funeral Home

Publish Date: Mar 10, 2020

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 10, 2020, Mar 14, 2020, Mar 21, 2020, Mar 28, 2020

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Dear Morberg family I was a northern Manitoba resident for many years as pastoral minister to the Catholic Church. I started in Brochet where Calm Air was our fly-in service of choice. Father Adrien Darveau, omi had a good relationship with the service because of his helpful development of the air strip to bring in fuel and supplies. His last flight out of Lac Brochet and Brochet were on Calm Air. After his death we erected a memorial tombstone in his honour in Brochet and Mrs. Morberg and Calm Air generously obliged to freight the heavy granite tombstone to Brochet free of charge. I always remember the kind and understanding communications I had with Mrs. Morberg. She deserves the eternal grace of heaven. May she rest in peace. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Sister Carmen Catellier, snjm (client-friend) on: Mar 16, 2020

  • Our publishing company, Heartland Associates Inc., was privileged to create Northern Lights, Gail's book on the remarkable history of Calm Air. During this process, we became friends and had many wonderful meals with her. Manitoba and Western Canada has lost a great Champion. - Posted by: Barbara Huck and Peter St. John (Publisher) on: Mar 13, 2020

  • We offer our condolences to you, Marion, Nelson, Margo, and Monica, and all of your families. Gail was such a real person, loving and caring. She was loyal in her friendships, and I feel lucky to have known her. She will really be missed. - Posted by: Ralph and Richael Tweten (former employee, and friend) on: Mar 12, 2020

  • So very sorry to hear of Gail's passing. A wonderful person with a great sense of humour, we have many fond memories of Gail and Arnold. Our sincere condolences to the family. Fondly, Bill and Eileen Fraser - Posted by: Bill and Eileen Fraser (Friends) on: Mar 12, 2020

  • A true lady, a down to earth lady. My condolences to her family - Posted by: Joan Havelange (Friend ) on: Mar 11, 2020

  • I am so sorry to hear about Gail's passing. She was such an incredibly, generous, compassionate woman. She loved her family so much and was so proud of each and everyone of you. She also was a huge community supporter who has made an impact everywhere she’s gone. She will be truly missed by all of us. Winnipeg has lost a true icon and community champion. I will miss her stories, her honesty, boldness and no nonsense attitude. She said what she meant and meant what she said. But she said all she said with a twinkle of love in her eye. God bless you all and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely Judy Richichi - Posted by: Judy Richichi (Friend) on: Mar 10, 2020

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Morberg Family with the loss of a wonderful Mom, Grandma, Great-Grandma and Friend. Gail was always there to lend a helping hand any way she could. Always a smile on her face, she always had time for everyone in her life. A true Northern Pioneer. RIP Gail - Posted by: Bill Stuart (Family Friend) on: Mar 10, 2020

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